Videocon Industries strikes gas in Brazilian offshore block

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SummaryIndian joint venture had acquired stake in the block from Canadian major EnCana Corporation.

Videocon Industries today said a well drilled to confirm an oil discovery in its Brazilian offshore block has struck 200 feet of high-quality hydrocarbon zone.

“The Wahoo-5 appraisal well at (block) BM-C-30 drilled the eastern flank of the Wahoo structure and encountered more than 200 net feet of high-quality pay in a pre-salt reservoir, with a total hydrocarbon column now established at 460 feet,” it quoted the block operator Anadarko Petroleum Corp of US.

Anadarko holds a 30 per cent interest and is the operator of BM-C-30. BP holds 25 per cent stake and Maersk 20 per cent interest. A joint venture of Videocon and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd holds the remaining 25 per cent.

“Wahoo-5 appraisal well was spudded on June 17 using Blackford Dolphin rig,” it said.

Pradeep N Dhoot, Dubai-based director of global exploration and production business of Videocon Hydrocarbon Holdings Ltd, said, “The notable success of the appraisal well Wahoo#5 in the BM-C-30 Campos Block has further added to the hydrocarbon resources already indicated in the said block, and is a further addition to the discoveries in our Brazilian concessions in Sergipe Basin and Espirito Santos, underlining the value of our efforts in Brazil.”

The Indian joint venture had acquired stake in the block from Canadian major EnCana Corporation at about Rs 1,300 crore in 2007. Soon after that, oil was discovered in Wahoo well.

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